Gunners Net Three Away Goals in Sweden: Arsenal Player Ratings

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Arsenal Player Ratings
OSTERSUND, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 15: The Arsenal team line up before UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Ostersunds FK and Arsenal at the Jamtkraft Arena on February 15, 2018 in Ostersund, Sweden. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
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Arsenal secured three away goals in Sweden on Thursday, setting up what should be an easy return tie. Here are your Arsenal player ratings from the 3-0 Europa League win.

Arsenal Player Ratings: Ospina & Özil Shine

Goals from Nacho Monreal and Mesut Özil, as well as a first-half own goal, helped Arsenal to defeat a plucky Ostersunds side in the round of 32 stage of the Europa League first-leg.

Monreal opened the scoring for the Gunners after goalkeeper Keita spilt Alex Iwobi’s shot and left the Spanish full-back to convert the ball from close range.

The north London side doubled their lead in the 23rd minute as Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross was deflected into the net by defender Papagiannopoulos.

Mesut Ozil made sure that Mkhitaryan claimed his second assist of the match as he controlled the Armenian’s through ball expertly and squeezed the ball past Keita to put Arsenal in cruise control.

David Ospina’s late penalty save from Petterson all but confirms a place in the last 16 of the Europa League as the Gunners now look ahead to the second-leg at the Emirates next Thursday.

Ratings:

David Ospina- 8- Guessed correctly to keep out Petterson’s penalty to diminish any glimmer of hope for Ostersunds. Made a couple of good saves in the first half as he captained Arsenal for the first time tonight.

Hector Bellerin- 7- A composed performance from the Spanish right-back who provided a constant threat in attack. Gave away a penalty in added time with a lazy tackle but was bailed out by Ospina.

Calum Chambers- 5- A solid performance for the Englishman who replaced Laurent Koscielny to partner Shkodran Mustafi. Wasn’t tested too often by the Swedish side.

Shkodran Mustafi- 5– Was lucky to escape a yellow card early in the match with a mistimed tackle and could have given away a penalty in the second half. Looked composed and comfortable on the ball.

Nacho Monreal- 7- Bagged his first ever goal in a European competition which helped him continue his impressive scoring record this season. Wasn’t tested too often defensively.

Mohamed Elneny- 6– Always composed on the ball, very rarely gave away possession and looked slick going forward as well.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles- 6– Good to see Wenger give him a chance to flourish in the midfield which looks a more natural position for him. Gave away possession a few too many times but also controlled the tempo well alongside Elneny.

Alex Iwobi- 6- Looked determined to get on the scoresheet and could have done if Welbeck had been sharper in attack. Looked dangerous and played some quick football alongside Arsenal’s wealth of creative players.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan- 7– A first appearance in a European competition for the Gunners having won the Europa League last season with Manchester United. Gave Arsenal a lot of creativity and movement in the final third as he notched another two assists to add to his hat-trick of assists against Everton.

Mesut Ozil- 8- Man of the Match– A classy performance from the German playmaker to top the Arsenal player ratings. Looked effortless at times as he created numerous chances for his teammates and got himself on the scoresheet in his first Europa League appearance of the season.

Danny Welbeck- 3– A very disappointing performance from Welbeck who looked devoid of any match sharpness as his first touch let him down on many occasions. Was often too selfish in front of goal when better options were available. May have been cautious in his play partly due to the artificial surface.

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